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SPECIAL LECTURE | Dr Georgia Tsouvala: Reconsidering the Evidence for Female Athletics in the late Hellenistic and Roman Greece

By Departmental Research Seminar

Wednesday 19 September, 2-4pm

Recreation Room (S2.6), Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University

The special lecture is presented by the Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Sydney chapter of the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS), an organisation established for women and men committed to gender equality and diversity in ancient world studies.

All are welcome! Please arrive on time and join us after the lecture for afternoon tea!

Convenors: Lauren Dundler Twitter and Natalie Mylonas


Georgia Tsouvala | Associate Professor, Illinois State University

Reconsidering the Evidence for Female Athletics in the late Hellenistic and Roman Greece

This talk will discuss the epigraphic and literary evidence for women’s membership in palaistrai and gymnasia, as well as their victories in the games of the late Hellenistic and early Roman periods in the Greek world. It will become evident that, in spite of the small number of inscriptions and literary references that survive on the topic, we can accept that athleticism was not an all-male sphere as previously thought but one where young women athletes participated and competed in local and Panhellenic festivals.

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